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iPhone lagging (slow) since iOS9 update

 

iPhone lagging (slow) since iOS9 update?

 

Searches for ‘Slow iPhone since update’ have a tendency to speak immediately after an iOS update with millions of disgruntled iOS device owners venting their rage. But is this actually happening or is it just a trick of the mind?

 

Conspiracy theorists would have you believe that Apple are purposefully slowing down you iOS device in an attempt to make you upgrade your iPhone, whilst more central folk are simply pointing the finger at a flawed update. The question is, however, are any of these explanations correct?

The first is that it is a psychological phenomenon caused when people convince themselves their old phone is slow in comparison to the latest devices, and this could help them justify buying a new one.

Some psychologists believe it’s simply all in the head. The idea is that it is a psychological phenomenon caused when people convince themselves their old phone is slow in comparison to the latest devices, and this could help them justify buying a new one. This justification trick relieves the user of their guilt and frees them to upgrade to the new device.

Various studies have been carried out to prove/disprove these theories with no definitive result.

What can’t be disputed is that this phenomenon does occur, as the graph below shows. This is proof that something is definitely happening.

Felix Richter, from analytics firm Statista, compared data from this latest launch to search terms following releases in previous years.

In a blog post he said: ‘Many of us know the feeling: one day we’re perfectly happy with the smartphone we’ve been using for the past 12 months, the next day, after we’ve seen a colleague showing off his new gadget, ours suddenly feels inadequate, bulky and slow.

‘The good news is we’re not alone.’

He continued there are two possible explanations for these spikes.

The first is that it is a psychological phenomenon caused when people convince themselves their old phone is slow in comparison to the latest devices, and this could help them justify buying a new one.

The second explanation, which Mr Richter said is much more plausible, is down to the operating system not being compatible with the hardware on older phones.

New operating systems are often designed to work most effectively with the more advanced processing power and RAM seen in the newer models meaning older models can struggle to keep up.

Whatever the cause, the simple fact is that Apple still sells out phones quicker than they’ll ever be able to make them so, for them, it’s a case of ‘keep doing what we’re doing‘.

I know I’ll be joining the queue shortly…


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